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MA Publishing students at the World Bank in Washington

Daria Bierla and Phithizela Ngcobo, MA Publishing students, have commented on the three months they have just spent in the summer of 2008 in the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank in Washington. They won these interneships after being interviewed at the London Book Fair in April 2008.

You can read their comments on this web page.

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Ljubljana Book Fair 2008

Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, recently visited the Ljubljana Book Fair in Slovenia.

She was invited to deliver a lecture entitled 'Stories of Success: Marketing British Fiction', based on her book Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain at the Book Fair. Fellow speakers in the Fair's programme of talks included Jason Epstein, author of Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future, and Michel Bruillon of the Pôle Métiers du Livre at the Université Paris X-Nanterre.

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Guadalajara Book Fair, Mexico 2008

Held annually, the Guadalajara International Book Fair is the leading book fair in Latin America. In December 2008 the 22nd fair attracted representatives from 1,600 publishers from 39 countries. The fair, known as the FIL (Feria Internacional del Libro), is also open to the general public, who can buy books from the stands. It is a major cultural festival with a range of events from literary readings to concerts. Overall half a million people attended the fair, at which the guest of honour was Italy.

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Outcome of RAE 2008 for the School of Arts and Humanities - ‘pleasing and positive’

Steven Matthews, Assistant Dean (Research and Consultancy) writes:

‘The outcome of RAE 2008 for the School of Arts and Humanities has been especially pleasing and positive. Everywhere, there has been a movement forward in the recognized standards of our research from the rankings in 2001. In several cases, including Art and Design, Art History, and Music, we have risen strongly up the national league tables. Much of our work has been scored as being of 'international quality' or above, with History, English, and Art and Design performing at over 90% on this measure. Particularly pleasing is the amount of our research which has been ranked in the highest two categories: 3* ('internationally excellent') and 4* ('world leading'). Taken department by department submitted, this is the breakdown of our work in these categories:

  • French 35%
  • English 40%
  • History 65%
  • Art 30%
  • History of Art 55%
  • Music 35%

We look forward to building ambitiously on these exciting results across the next phase of our research development'.

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Staff training is the way forward in the Economic downturn!

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is pleased to announce its programme of short courses to be held in January 2009.

In October of this year, captains of industry, including CBI director General Richard Lambert and Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose, published an open letter in which they stated that despite the current economic downturn, cutting training budgets would be a false economy. The letter went on to say, "investing now in building new skills will put us in the strongest position as the economy recovers. From our experience in previous downturns, it was the businesses that did invest in their staff that saw the most dynamic recovery."

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Moscow calling

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, at Oxford Brookes University, and Moscow State University of Printing Arts notched up another first when the new Master's in Publishing opened its doors to a 50-strong cohort in Moscow on 1 November 2008.

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Sound Diaries: Recording Life in Sound

Sound Diaries is an initiative of the Sonic Art Research Unit. The Project is focused around sound-recordings and sound-texts and the ways in which sound can be used to document our lives.

This project is designed so that anyone working with sound and the idea of sound diaries can share their projects online, talk about their ideas with other people working in this territory and contribute to discussions around how sound diaries are made and shared.

What is a Sound Diary? Why create a Sound Diary? What period does it cover: minutes, hours, days, weeks, years? How much of that period will it capture? How do Sound Diaries relate to written diaries, or photo albums? What is a sonic snapshot? These are some of the issues that will be addressed during the Sound Diaries project - do get involved!

Throughout December our Sonic Advent Calendar will be online with a new sound everyday. Hear the sounds now at:


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Alexandra Wilson to be interviewed about Puccini on Radio 4 and Radio 3

Alexandra Wilson (Music) will contribute to three programmes on BBC Radio this month marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Giacomo Puccini. On Tuesday 16 December at 13.30 she features in a Radio 4 documentary presented by James Naughtie entitled "Puccini: Touched by the Little Finger of the Almighty". On Saturday 20 December she will take part in a special Puccini-focused edition of "Music Matters" on Radio 3 (12.15-13.00). Finally, on Radio 3 on 27 December (from 18.00) she can be heard in conversation with Martin Handley at a performance of Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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Publishing students visit the Oxford University Press Museum

Students from the MAs in Publishing in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies recently visited Oxford University Press's Museum.

Marina Debattista, MA student, reports on the visit:

'The Oxford University Press Museum - consisting of a large, circular hall - creates the illusion that its history is also circular. The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary - the last item in the museum, placed close to the exit - coincides, at least symbolically, with the very first one, the book published in 1478. The opposites meet here, only to remind us that the electronic medium is not necessarily the negation of the printed medium.

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“Cultivating Britons” Conference held at Brookes

A one-day interdisciplinary conference took place at Brookes on 19 September 2008 entitled "Cultivating Britons: Culture and Identity in Britain, 1901-1936". The event was organised jointly by Alexandra Wilson (Music) and two historian colleagues: Alex Windscheffel (RHUL) and Ruth Clayton Windscheffel (Oxford). The aim of the conference was to examine ruptures and continuities in the social and cultural life of Britain in the first three and a half decades of the twentieth century and to explore the extent to which attempts to "cultivate Britons" (often regarded as a distinctively Victorian endeavour) continued into and metamorphosed during the early twentieth century. 33 delegates attended the conference and the range of disciplines represented included History, English Literature, Music, Theology, Art History and Publishing. The twelve papers presented covered topics as diverse as First World War propaganda; the interwar Dictionary of National Biography; gender and the politics of respectability; blackface minstrelsy in the British police; and Jewish youth work. The conference organisers hope to arrange future "Cultivating Britons" events.

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